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OPERATING
INSTRUCTIONS
SPECIFICATIONS
Type:
Power Amplifier
Gain:
65 db
Input Sensitivity:
0.9 volt
Power Output:
40 watts at less than 2% thd 40 to 20,000 cps
Frequency Response:
±1 db, 5-30,000 cps; ±4 db, 1-100,000 cps
Input Impedance: Source
70,000 ohm potentiometer
Impedance:
150 or 600 ohms with 15095 Plug-in Transformer
Load Impedance:
4 (12.6 v), 8 (18 v), 16 (25 v), 124 (70 v) ohms ungrounded
Output Impedance:
Less than 15% of nominal load impedance
Noise Level:
80 db below rated output
Controls:
Volume control, continuously variable, composition
Power Supply:
117 vac, 50/60 cycles, 125 watts
External Power Available:
117 volt ac receptacle on chassis
Tubes:
2-6CG7, 2-6CA7/EL34, 1-5U4GB
Dimensions:
8 3/4" high, 19" wide, 7 3/4 deep
Color:
Dark green
Weight:
22 lbs.
Special Feature:
Two stage high-pass-filter for protection of horn loaded drivers
Accessory:
15095 Plug-in Transformer
GENERAL DESCRIPTION
The 1568A Amplifier is a rack mounted, AC operated power amplifier intended for use in sound reinforcing,
paging, music distribution, or any application requiring low distortion, wide frequency range, complete stability
with any type of load, reliability of operation, ease of servicing or low cost.
At 40 watts distortion is less than 2% at any frequency from 40 to 20,000 cycles per second. The frequency
response is within 4 db of mid range value from 1 cycle per second to 100 KC. The feedback circuit is designed for
stability under conditions of varying line voltage, varying tube characteristics, and all types of loads including long
unloaded speaker lines having considerable capacitance. The tubes are conservatively operated under CCS (continuous commercial service) ratings of their manufacturer, and the amplifier has been shown to withstand "hot
switching" and other punishment which might be encountered in the hands of untrained operators.
The amplifier occupies five units of rack space (8 3/4") and has a hinged front panel on which are mounted the
power switch, fuse, pilot light and a continuously variable gain control. All circuitry is completely accessible for servicing when the front panel is open. The amplifier is equipped with a 3-wire power cord terminating
in a 3-pin cap. Input and output terminals are provided in the form of barrier-type terminal blocks mounted on
the outer surface of the chassis.
INPUT CONNECTIONS
The 1568A Amplifier is equipped with two pairs of input connections. Terminals 1 and 2, connecting directly
to the input potentiometer, are provided for unbalanced high impedance sources, and to bridge unbalanced low
impedance lines having a signal voltage of 0.9 volt or higher.
Terminals 3 and 4 connect to a standard octal socket which accommodates the accessory plug-in transformer. With the 15095
Transformer, balanced or unbalanced lines of 150 or 600 ohms up to a level of +15 dbm may be connected to input 3-4.
The octal socket is normally connected for 500/600 ohm operation; 150 ohms impedance may be obtained by strapping
the terminals in accordance with the diagram shown on the schematic.
OUTPUT CONNECTIONS
Outputs accommodate nominal loads of 4, 8, 16 and 1 24 ohms, the corresponding full-drive output voltages being
12.6, 18, 25 and 70 volts.
Speaker Matching: Use the output tap which most nearly equals the total speaker impedance. If the load impedance falls between two output terminal values, favor the terminal of lower impedance.
70 Volt Line: The 70 volt distribution system permits connection to a large number of speakers, each to operate
at its own power level as required, without the necessity for computing impedances. In this system each speaker
is equipped with a transformer containing a number of taps rated in terms of power, and the tap is selected which
gives the power desired for that speaker. The total of the power settings for all speakers should be equal to or
less than the amplifier system power rating. The 1568A Amplifier is equipped with outputs to drive both a 70 volt
line and a 25 volt line.
Protection of Horn Loaded Drivers: Driver loudspeakers coupled to horns are used in paging or voice reinforcing
systems where excellent intelligibility is required in the presence of high noise levels, effects of wind, and other
disturbances. When a loudspeaker system dividing network is not available the diaphragm of the driver loudspeaker may be protected from low frequency power by the use of the R-C low frequency cut-off filter in V1
grid circuit (see schematic). As shipped, capacitors C1 and C2 are strapped out. By cutting one or both of these
straps attenuation is introduced as shown in the table, depending upon the impedance of the source.
Effect of High Pass Filter
Source
Impedance
100,00 ohms
Low
Strapping
250
500
1000
2000 cps
One strap cut
Both straps cut
One strap cut
Both straps cut
- 6.5
-16
-13
-22
-3
-8
-8
-12
-1
-3.5
-3.5
-4.2
-0.2
- 1. 2
-1.2
- 1. 5
db
db
db
db
CONTROLS
The only controls on this amplifier intended for normal operation are the power switch and the gain control.
Potentiometer P2, which establishes the bias voltage for the output tubes, is set at the factory and will probably
not require readjustment over a long period of operation. If, due to ageing of the rectifier, the bias voltage should
drop below the value indicated on the schematic, it will be desirable to reset P2. Measurement should be made
with an accurate voltmeter, at a line voltage of 117 volts, and with no signal applied.
FREQUENCY IN CYCLES PER SECOND
PARTS LIST
C1
C2
C3
C4
.002 mfd. ± 10% ceramic disc Erie 811-202
.001 mfd. ± 10% ceramic disc Erie 811-202
50 mfd. 6 V. MalloryTT
.000047 mfd. ± 10% ceramic disc Erie
831-470
C6, 7
C8
C9, 10
C11
R1, 8, 12, 13
R2
R3
R4
R5, 6
R7
R9
R10, 11, 18
.22 mfd. 400 V. Sprague 4TMP-22
50 mfd. 50 V. MalloryTC
40 x 40 mfd. 500 V. Mallory FP288
.5 mfd. 400 V. CD PJ4P5
100,000 ohms ± 10% 1/2 watt
47 ohms ± 1% 1/2 watt deposited carbon
1800 ohms ± 10% 1/2 watt
100,000 ohms ± 10% 1 watt
68,000 ohms ± 10% 1/2 watt
1 megohm ± 10% 1/2 watt
18,000 ohms ± 10% 1 watt
47,000 ohms ± 10% 1 watt
R14, 15
R16
R17
R20
R19
P1
P2
F1
PL1
S1
SR1
100 ohms ± 10% 1/2 watt
600 ohms 5 watt Ohmite Brown Devil
1500 ohms ± 1 % 1/2 watt deposited carbon
220 ohms ± 10% 1/2 watt
4700 ohms ± 10% 1 watt
200,000 ohms Altec Lansing 12435
5000 ohms Mel-Rain Type FFF-1
3 amp. 3 AG fuse
Mazda #44
Altec Lansing 12536 switch
Selenium Rectifier GE1N1491
J1
T1
T2
V1, 2
V3, 4
V5
Alden 402 ACEHG receptacle
Peerless 16432
Peerless 6288
6CG7 vacuum tube
6CA7/EL34 vacuum tube
5U4GB vacuum tube
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